I just got offers of International Relations from both Bath and York in England, I am sooooo grateful but I really now don't know which University to go.
I'm an International student from China, I visited Bath before and I fell in love with the place, and the original reason I apply for the course is that I want to go to Bath. But now I have two opportunities, which I never thought I'd have the pleasure. York is also a beautiful place, and I love it too, and my teacher told me the international relations ranking is higher for York. But in Bath I may have the chance to learn some interpreting skills too because I am really into interpreting and I got my advanced interpreting certification years ago. But for international relations I heard York has more job opportunities for this course during masters.
So now it's really down to the lifestyle and environment in both Universities, I really want to know which one is the one for me and I have already thought about it for daaays and I know no matter which one I choose, I will feel sooo pity for not going to the other one.
So please I need precious advice from the postgraduate students in these Universities, and thank you soooo much if you can tell me anything. I greatly appreciate it~!
OK, I am not an expert on interpreting. For pure IR, York is known for its strength in some key areas: health, policy analysis, governance, public policy, EU relations. York also attracts some EU funded grants: Prestigious Erasmus Mundus dual degree in Master of public policy with 3 partner unis. This is normally a good sign. I think York has a larger IR coverage and offers more electives.
Bath as a uni is better known for STEM, business and sports subjects. Not so much for politics and IR, it is fairly new and less established. Campuses at both unis are located outside the old town centre and mostly new uni buildings.
I'd chose York if I were you. From my knowledge its better regarded and the course is better.
Bath isn't especially well known for politics either.
For IR, there are other criteria outside the class room to consider for personal/professional development: Is course only theoretical with essays and exam evaluation? Some have group projects with presentation or real life assignment such as 'drafting a grant proposal for funding' from government. Some IR courses offer a guest speaker series: Profs from other unis or professionals, civil servants, journalists, NGO people. Trek to IOs in Genenva, Hague or Brussels. Some departments organise specific conferences on a theme, normally a research area the dep. excels. Does career center helps with relevant internship search? These are the Qs you should ask yourself!
York is more affordable and tends to develop interesting and strong courses in politics and social sciences. I don't know if living cost is an issue, but Bath is in an expensive region and has higher rent, going out expenses. Politics is not a key subject at Bath, emphasis and resources on STEM and business courses. You want the best fit and value for all the overseas tuition you pay.
Bath is ranked higher as a uni, so that is something you may consider